• Publication date: May 23, 2011

Disney Wizards Of Waverly Place: The Movie Disney Wizards Of Waverly Place: The Movie

Jerry Russo (David DeLuise) was born a wizard, but when he fell in ...

Jerry Russo (David DeLuise) was born a wizard, but when he fell in love with a mere mortal named Theresa and married her, his supernatural abilities were stripped from him. Their children: Alex (Selena Gomez), Justin (David Henrie), and Max (Jake T. Austin) retain some of their father's powers however, and occasionally experiment with magic. Alex is desperate to attend a party at a friend's home in Brooklyn, but since Theresa does not know the host's parents, and it is far from their native Lower Manhattan she refuses. This infuriates Alex, who casts a spell transforming their family's restaurant into a functional subway car. The trek is successful until a navigational error nearly slams the car into a dead end tunnel; luckily Justin intervenes before the restaurant and his sister's life is lost. When Theresa discovers the young sorceress' stunt mom forces her to attend a family outing to Puerto Rico, where magic is strictly forbidden and she must endure the boredom of nonstop picture taking and sightseeing. At the hotel Alex's anger peaks, and she casts a spell that erases Jerry and Theresa's knowledge of one another, subsequently nullifying their marriage. This has a bitter side effect however; as time progresses Alex, Max, and Justin are slowly sucked into a vortex and will eventually fade into nonexistence. A street magician named Archie (Steve Valentine) informs the children that the process can be reversed, but they must act quickly. In order to save their family and themselves the Russos attempt to locate the mythical Stone of Dreams. This is no easy task though: no individual has ever traveled in pursuit of the stone and returned alive. Left with no other choice, the siblings begin their mission alongside Archie -- whose intentions are less than pure. Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie is inspired by the successful, identically titled television show. The made for TV movie was an enormous success, earning it an Emmy Award and the distinction of being cable television's highest rated scripted telecast of 2009. Its soundtrack, containing performances by leading lady Selena Gomez, was similarly successful charting at number 24 on Billboard's 200. Rating: Unrated